Month: August 2016

#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Tips/Advice from Experience

Posted August 19, 2016 by Erica / 2 Comments

When you’re hurting, what do you do? Do you read a book? Do you eat your favorite foods? Do you turn to a friend for help? Many people would choose the last option, hoping to talk out their problems with a sympathizing voice. But there are problems with this choice. Because sometimes, your friend can’t help you. I want to tell you a little story. It’s about a boy I met one day during Winter Break. We will call him…the Stargazer (Because that’s what he liked to do.) When we met, it was dark. It was the sort of dark that required the sharing of secrets. And I did. The mythical power of the night unearthed the skeletons in my closet, […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Smiling Through the Storm Inside Me

Posted August 18, 2016 by Erica / 7 Comments

Smiling through the storm inside me Hello bookworms, I am Mishma, and it is nice to meet you all. Without any elaborate introduction, this post would be all about my inner mental struggle. I am a 17 year old teenage girl, diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome and battling depression. But I am also sure, that almost no one who knows me would even guess that I have all that inside me, because one thing I’ve mastered in life, is to smile through the storm inside me.   I was 11 when I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. For those who don’t know, it’s a neuropsychiatric disorder which causes repetitive, involuntary tics in someone. Just think nervous tics, pushed to an extreme. […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Books That Don’t Trivialize Mental Health

Posted August 17, 2016 by Erica / 10 Comments

AHHH, THIS IS THE SECOND GUEST POST GUYS! It is making me so excited. I am loving this event so far. I mean, I knew I would, but just seeing people come together really makes me one happy camper. I hope you guys enjoy what Ruz & Vera put together. They wanted to showcase some books that they think don’t trivialize mental health. So, let’s get this party started! 6 YA Books That Don’t Trivialize Mental Health Mental illness is something that is very rarely tackled in YA (even though trends are clearly starting to change for the good in recent times), so when a book comes along that genuinely makes an effort to present this topic to us in […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: I Am Me

Posted August 16, 2016 by Erica / 5 Comments

Hello everyone, welcome to the first guest post that I will be having on my blog for #ShatteringStigmas! Today #ontheblog I will be having the wonderful Alexa from The Words of the Page. I really hope you guys enjoy her story, I think she has such a great message to share so read away my loves. I am a Korean American. I can never be considered a native Korean, but I can never also be considered a full American. However, I have this amazing thing that biracial and bi..culture (?) people have and it’s a dual perspective. If there’s anything I learned about Koreans growing up it is that we can be incredibly prideful and stubborn. I’ve met more people […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Introduction!

Posted August 15, 2016 by Erica / 10 Comments

Guys, I am so excited that I will be hosting part 2 of Shattering Stigmas. Before I get into welcoming you guys, I want to thank Shannon & Inge for allowing me to join them in this wonderful event. I am so grateful for them and I just am thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary event. Anyways, welcome, welcome! I am so glad that there is another year of this event. Allowing people to share their stories about mental health and/or sharing books that have dealt with mental health and have touched them…it is such an amazing experience. Just seeing how many people wanted to take part was miraculous. I am thankful for you all and I hope […]

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Pokemon Read-A-Thon: #ReadThemAllThon

Posted August 11, 2016 by Erica / 4 Comments

I’m really excited for this Read-A-Thon! Aentee @ Read at Midnight has created some amazing things this past month and I bow down to her. I wish I could have the imagination to come up with something as awesome as this. If you guys want more info on this Read-A-Thon head over to Aentee’s post! Chosen Pokemon I’m trying to combine most of these with my ARC August so you’ll be seeing quite a few ARCs and my first one is….Caraval. I am super excited for this one so I’m glad it’ll be first on my list! 416 pages, potential +41CP I just feel like any Colleen Hoover book has the ability to make you cry, so I’m going with one […]

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Bookish Collections: Alice In Wonderland

Posted August 9, 2016 by Christy / 14 Comments

Bookish Collections: Alice in Wonderland Editions As some of you may know, I have a teeny tiny obsession with all things Alice in Wonderland.  I collect everything from bookish merch to different book editions.  I can’t believe that I never got the idea to share my Alice in Wonderland collection, I mean WTH?  How did I not think of that?  I actually got the idea for this post based on a conversation with Vivien on an instagram post! Today I will just be sharing my different editions of Alice in Wonderland.  I’d like to do my whole Alice collection (merch and all) at some point but I think this post will be long enough with just my books so here we […]

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Blog Tour & Giveaway | The Jump: Dough Johnstone

Posted August 9, 2016 by Erica / 4 Comments
Blog Tour & Giveaway | The Jump: Dough Johnstone

Welcome to my stop on The Jump blog tour! I cannot wait to share with you my thoughts. Also, keep reading till the end so you can find that giveaway! I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. my thoughts Gosh, I have been reading so many books that have been hitting me so hard due to their subjects. But, it has been in such a good way…like it makes me have a better outlook on certain situations and just life in general. The Jump is a beautifully written novel that spoke to me in so many ways. I am so happy […]

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Christy’s Novel Rewind (12)

Posted August 6, 2016 by Christy / 12 Comments

Novel Rewind is the way Erica and I wrap up our week. Though, since there is two of us we’ll be alternating weeks and each of our separate posts will be showcasing the past two weeks. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life & What’s Happened I have been super busy since my last rewind post, my son started 4th grade this past week!  I’m finding it so hard to believe that he’s already in 4th grade, time goes by way too fast 🙁 I also got my new secret sister last weekend and I’m so excited to start sending her things!  I can’t wait to get to know her better over the next 6 months! […]

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Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY! || SWEAR ON THIS LIFE: Renee Carlino

Posted August 5, 2016 by Erica / 11 Comments
Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY! || SWEAR ON THIS LIFE: Renee Carlino

Swear on This Life was such a fantastic book, this review might be a bit ramble-y. I also plan on writing this review to the author, so it’ll be a little different. Just enjoy my incoherent babbling about a five-star read that really helped me through a tough time. Dear Renee,           First and foremost I want to thank you for writing such a beautiful and touching story. The way you are with words is just quite eloquent. You had me so captivated by every inch of this story. Not just because of how it impacted me due to the hurdles I have had in my life recently, but also because I felt so connected with the […]

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